Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to George Washington, 8 June 1793

To George Washington

June 8. 1793.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to inclose to the President a letter from our bankers at Amsterdam stating a balance due them on the foreign intercourse fund Apr. 2. of 13,255 florins equal to about 5,300 Dollars.—This being communicated for the information of the President, the following explanation is necessary. Independant of the fund on which this balance appears, the bankers had in their hands the 50,000 Doll. for the Algerine negociations. For this reason Th:J. had not thought it proper to call on the Treasury for any part of the 40,000 D. of this year, merely to increase the dead mass in the hands of the bankers. When Capt. Cutting went, with powers to Colo. Humphreys to draw the Algerine money, Th:J. sent by him also to Mr. Pinckney bills for between 17. and 18,000. Doll. These would of course turn the balance in our favor about 12,000 Doll. independantly of the Algerine fund, and before that could be drawn out. This remittance, at the rate of 10,000 D. the quarter, will last to about the middle of July. Th:J. is therefore now looking out for 10,000.D. in good bills, to be remitted to the bankers in time for a fresh supply.

RC (DNA: RG 59, MLR); addressed: “The President of the US.”; endorsed by Tobias Lear. PrC (DLC); partially faded and overwritten in a later hand. Tr (Lb in DNA: RG 59, SDC). Recorded in SJPL. Enclosure: Willink, Van Staphorst & Hubbard to TJ, 4 Apr. 1793.

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